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Jul 20, 2020

Egbert Baldwin is Murdered in Ladyville

Hours before the double murder in Cayo, the Ladyville area exploded with gun violence in another gang-related murder. Just after seven o’clock on Saturday night, Egbert Baldwin, who as recent as last Wednesday was freed of a charge of attempted murder, met his death when a volley of bullets was unleashed in his direction.  Multiple bullets found their mark on him and though he fled to escape his shooters, he did not go far. Baldwin collapsed and succumbed at the K.H.M.H.  Baldwin left the home of his friend and was in the Japan area when two shooters targeted him as he rode his bicycle. Another resident, who was in the area, was injured in the shooting. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Around seven o’clock on Saturday night the echo of gunshots shattered the quiet of the Japan area of Ladyville. Twenty-two-year-old Egbert Baldwin was hit multiple times by a pair of shooters as he travelled on Jackson Avenue, about a half a mile away from his house in the Milpa area of the village. Baldwin had just left from a friend’s house.

 

Darrell Humes

Darrell Humes, Resident

“It really came as a shock to me because he was here just a few minutes before. I would say about five minutes after he left here that incident happened; like about five minutes because he came to see my son. My son had gone out and he came to ask and I he wasn’t here and so on. Had I know that was what was going to happen, I would have encouraged him not to leave here because it was shortly after he left here that the incident happened.”

 

Reporter

“Did he ever tell you that you know that I think I am in trouble or someone’s following me?”

 

Darrell Humes

“He never said. If he had said that, I wouldn’t have let him come out of here. If he had said something like that to me, I would never had let him come out of here. Because s I said, it was shortly after; like about five minutes the most I would give it when that happened.”

 

Residents say that they initially thought that it was pop shots, but looked out to see the glare from the blasts – a barrage of bullets was fired and multiple made their mark on Baldwin, who, despite being gravely injured, ran through several properties to escape the shooters. He collapsed less than a hundred feet away on Egbert Quilter Avenue.

 

Darrell Humes

“When I heard the shots and I came to the window and I looked out, I could only see fire. I only heard the shots, like a celebration, like Christmas when you hear them firecrackers and so on. It was like that.”

 

Duane Moody

“When did you find out that it was actually him that had been shot?”

 

Darrell Humes

“Just a few minutes afterwards I found out because when the shots died down and I came out to the gate here and look up the street and someone was coming from up there and I inquired because I saw the movement. I couldn’t tell you who all was involved, but I saw the movement. I saw the person running through that way and running down.”

 

Residents ran out to assist an injured Baldwin, who was bleeding profusely. Minutes later the police arrived on the scene and he was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but he succumbed to the injuries. Ronald Cole was walking in the area at the time of the shooting and was also hit; he remains in a stable condition at the hospital. Police say that this latest homicide in Ladyville was motivated by ongoing gang rivalry.

 

Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Upon their arrival, they found Egbert Baldwin, twenty-two years, with gunshot injuries to the body and Ronald Cole, forty-four years, with a gunshot injury to the leg. They were both taken to the K.H.M.H. where Egbert Baldwin thereafter succumbed to his injuries. This is a result of ongoing rival between two groups in that area. They had incidents in the past. Egbert Baldwin had just been released from prison and he was in that area and he was targeted.”

 

Baldwin is no stranger to the law. Three days before he was murdered, Baldwin and Darwin Prado were freed of three counts of attempted murder upon Terrence Flowers Junior, Casey Lozano and Lyndon Gillett for a shooting that occurred in a yard on Compassion Lane in Ladyville on the night of May thirteenth, 2016.  But Darrell Humes has a different impression of Baldwin, who studied at the Belize City institution where he taught. Humes lives in the area for over three decades and recounts his encounters with the deceased.

 

Egbert Baldwin

Darrell Humes

“I knew Egbert growing up around here as a little child; as a matter of fact, he went to the same school that I taught in Belize City. And I don’t care what anybody say about him, to me, he was always very respectable, mannerly. If he passes here fifteen times a day and I am out here, he would bid the time of the day; never disrespectful.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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